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June 21, 2019 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Trafalgar is today proud to announce the release of its 2020 Asia itineraries with the addition of nine exciting new trips, building on the customer demand for more itineraries that uncover the real Asia in true Trafalgar style. With the brand now offering a total of 32 trips across 9 countries, each itinerary offers exclusive experiences to meet, dine and celebrate with the friendly locals that bring each destination to life while ticking all their Asia must-sees along the way.

In addition to offering guests the truly unique experiences that Trafalgar is known for, the brand continues to stay true to its commitment to using travel as a force for good by including at least one JoinTrafalagar experience on every Asia trip, where guests make a meaningful difference in the places they visit – such as enjoying a performance by a group of blind youth musicians that supports the work of the Ho Chi Minh Blind Centre to provide training and opportunities for the visually impaired and a moving visit to the Tibetan Refugee Center in Darjeeling. As part of the company’s core mission to incorporate sustainable practices into all facets of their business model, the brand is making travel matter on their trips and across their supply chain, including the goal to become plastic free by 2022 under the guidance of their parent company The Travel Corporation.

New additions guests can look forward to for 2020 include the Saigon and Bangkok Explorer, an exciting new trip in its City Explorer series, allowing guests to do a deep dive into the sights and cultures of these two epic Asian metropolises. Available as a 9-day stand-alone trip or with the 3-day Phuket extension, this trip allows guests to gain an intimate understanding of each city, exploring it at a more leisurely pace, cutting down on inter-destination travel. This exciting City Explorer includes experiences such as Be My Guest dining featuring a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh and a trip to the former home of American businessman Jim Thompson who revitalised the Thai silk industry in the 50s and 60s, including a visit to the factory to understand the skill that goes into making these luxuriuous textiles.

“We are so excited to be unlocking more of Asia in 2020, with our 9 new trips being a reflection of how much our guests love  exploring Asia with Trafalgar” said Janice Farnum, the brand’s Director of Product for Asia and Africa. “With four nights in each destination, one of my personal favourites, which I know guests will love, is our new Saigon and Bangkok Explorer. They can settle into the rhythm of these iconic cities and really feel like a  local – which is what we’re all about” she said.

Also new in 2020, Trafalgar guests will experience local life with a family during the internationally adored Holi festival on our Colourful India – Celebrate Holi trip. As the coloured powder flies, they will witness the true magic of the “Festival of Colours”, feel the palpable energy and understand the cultural significance of these extraordinary annual celebrations, just like the locals. After its incredible popularity in 2019, the opportunity to experience Diwali, the “Festival of Light’, is also back for another year, in conjuction with the Colourful India trip. Guests will don traditional attire and join a local family in their elaborately decorated home to take part in the puja, a sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth to celebrate India’s happiest festival.

The brand is also extending its industry-changing Be My Guest series, featuring a brand new Japanese Kaiseki and Tea Experience, where guests take part in a Yamato tea drinking ceremony with a local family, before visiting their beautiful mountainside tea plantation.

Along with these exciting new inclusions, guests can look forward to a series of highlights that are the cornerstones of Trafalgar’s carefully crafted itineraries. These include: Stays with Stories, such as a night in a boutique hotel in Rajasthan that was once the hunting lodge of the royal family of Jodhpur; the ability to Dive Into Culture with all five senses; and the exclusive Be My Guest experiences that allow guests to Connect With Locals as they enjoy a traditional lunch in a stilt house with a family in a hilltribe village in northern Thailand or savour a homemade Chinese meal with a family in their hutong in Beijing, to name just a small few of the hundreds of experinces on offer for Trafalgar’s guests in Asia.

“With the colours of Holi, our incredible Be My Guests, our wonderful Travel Directors and experiences that ignite the senses, Trafalgar Asia 2020 offers more for guests than ever before. And with JoinTrafalgar initatives on all our Asia itineraries, I’m proud we can enable guests to make a positive impact in the places we visit. It’s a travel experience you cannot get elsewhere.” Ms Farnham concluded.

While guests are at the center of every innovative trip Trafalgar creates, the brand maintains an unwavering commitment to its AgentsFirst philosophy, resulting in an exciting set of 2020 holidays that are sure to be well received by agents and customers alike. Add to this 53% repeat past guests, a 4.6/5 independent satisfaction rating on Feefo, and the recently announced ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ Real Travel Deals on worldwide trips, there’s never been a better time to book your customers on their dream Trafalgar trip, wherever they’re looking to travel.

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